Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

Memories of the Royal Naval School, Malta, 1947 - 1978.


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RNH Mtarfa727 viewsAfter the First World War there was a re-organization of the military medical services on the Islands. The Mtarfa Hospital, commissioned in 1912, was opened on the 29th June 1920, even though it had been in use for some time earlier. During the Second World War, the Mtarfa Hospital and barracks were reorganized as the 90th General Hospital and built up to a maximum of 1200 beds. An underground hospital was excavated under the military hospital. After the war the 90th General was reformed as the David Bruce Military Hospital. This continued to serve the military, complementing Bighi Naval Hospital, until 1970. For the next eight years, the Mtarfa Hospital served the needs of British military and naval personnel until its closure in 1978.1 commentsPrefect08/04/19 at 09:33admin: The last British hospital outpost was a hospital c...
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Captans Garage (Captain's?)597 viewsThe sign says Tower Road, but where?1 commentsPrefect09/22/18 at 18:17admin: A secret source refers to it being the corner buil...
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Dockyard College, Clock & Senglea Gate709 viewsNear Sheer Bastion.2 commentsPrefect01/12/18 at 21:40Martin Powell: The five buildings on the waterfront under large s...
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Wartime Valleta984 views6 commentsPrefect10/26/16 at 00:27admin: For stories from the BBC People's War see THI...
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Dockyard College, Clock & Senglea Gate709 viewsNear Sheer Bastion.2 commentsPrefect06/01/15 at 17:10phillrose: With my fathers office in the right hand corner.
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Customs House Steps547 views2 commentsPrefect04/24/15 at 17:45Prefect: No, except that its probably late 1930s and you ca...
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Customs House Steps547 views2 commentsPrefect04/24/15 at 17:07Nick Woodley: Do we know what year and what the ships names are?
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HMS Royal Sovereign409 views1 commentsPrefect02/26/15 at 07:28robinwilliams: My Father served on the Royal Sovereign in 1932 wh...
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HMS Eagle461 views On 11 August 1942 whilst still in the Malta bound convoy (Pedestal) she was hit by 4 torpedoes from the German Uboat U-73 and sank in position 38'05' N: 3'02' E.1 commentsPrefect02/09/15 at 16:37jezz: My fathers ship, he was a "sparks" on Ea...
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Tigne Barracks - Football459 viewsPostcard6 commentsPrefect01/16/15 at 16:45Bernard Derrick: Probably not the same year, but my first ever comp...
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Simonds - Farsons but not yet Cisk345 viewsFrom 1929 following the merger with L. Farrugia & Sons (alias 'Farsons') until 1948 when further merged with the Malta Export Brewery which was owned by a bank founded by Giuseppe"Iċ-Ċisk" Scicluna.2 commentsPrefect01/07/15 at 07:00Prefect: It means "The cheque". Scicluna was nota...
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Simonds - Farsons but not yet Cisk345 viewsFrom 1929 following the merger with L. Farrugia & Sons (alias 'Farsons') until 1948 when further merged with the Malta Export Brewery which was owned by a bank founded by Giuseppe"Iċ-Ċisk" Scicluna.2 commentsPrefect01/06/15 at 21:33Martin Powell: Does ic-Cisk mean anything in English or is it jus...
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Barracca Garrison Chapel & School411 viewsBuilt by RE 1856. Later St George Garrison Church. Now the Stock Exchange.

The crypt later used for the Pit.
4 commentsPrefect12/28/14 at 17:10Prefect: It was long after my time but I recall reading abo...
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Barracca Garrison Chapel & School411 viewsBuilt by RE 1856. Later St George Garrison Church. Now the Stock Exchange.

The crypt later used for the Pit.
4 commentsPrefect12/28/14 at 17:04Ivan: Health & Safety hadn’t been invented then, but I d...
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Barracca Garrison Chapel & School411 viewsBuilt by RE 1856. Later St George Garrison Church. Now the Stock Exchange.

The crypt later used for the Pit.
4 commentsPrefect12/28/14 at 15:01Prefect: Until closed down as a fire risk and perhaps for b...
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Barracca Garrison Chapel & School411 viewsBuilt by RE 1856. Later St George Garrison Church. Now the Stock Exchange.

The crypt later used for the Pit.
4 commentsPrefect12/28/14 at 13:21Ivan: Even more important than the august pedigree noted...
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Tigne Barracks - Football459 viewsPostcard6 commentsPrefect12/27/14 at 06:35Prefect: Funny you should mention that. I've had 2nd t...
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Tigne Barracks - Football459 viewsPostcard6 commentsPrefect12/27/14 at 01:09Martin Powell: Five minutes or twenty? We should have airbrushed ...
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Tigne Barracks - Football459 viewsPostcard6 commentsPrefect12/26/14 at 06:54Prefect: No but this is the right place for an argument. ;-...
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Tigne Barracks - Football459 viewsPostcard6 commentsPrefect12/22/14 at 16:48Nick Woodley: Right of picture. Is that a Ministry of silly walk...
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Tigne Barracks - Football459 viewsPostcard6 commentsPrefect12/21/14 at 18:40Martin Powell: Judging by the long shorts pre-war vintage? From t...
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Tigne Barracks - Guardroom374 viewsPostcard.
The clock tower (but not the clock) has survived the redevelopment - here.
1 commentsPrefect12/21/14 at 18:38Martin Powell: 1920s-1930s from the puttees? Probably same vintag...
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HMS Resolution 1933364 views1 commentsPrefect07/28/14 at 14:26Joseph J. Meli: Officer Mr Patterson, William Robert known also as...
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Crane Lighter No.4 c1932436 viewsFrom Fr Michael & Ms Frankey Cole.2 commentsPrefect11/22/13 at 02:15Prefect: No, this one, which replaced the Macina in 1927, w...
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Crane Lighter No.4 c1932436 viewsFrom Fr Michael & Ms Frankey Cole.2 commentsPrefect11/22/13 at 02:11pullu: So this must be the one known as CLIVE ! (short f...
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Tigne Barracks1023 viewsThe Royal Garrison Artillery prepares to leave for Ghajn Tuffieha Camp.
Courtesy of Malta and British Army Infantry Regiments by Bonnici and Cassar. HERE
6 commentsPrefect10/08/13 at 16:40David Robinson: In my time (63-66) this was Tigne School and the c...
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Porte des Bombes - Floriana430 views(Showing the Bombes on pillars either side.)2 commentsPrefect08/15/13 at 06:58Prefect: Probably about 1929 as the adjoining walls were de...
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St. Paul's Bay451 views(Ta’ Tabibu farmhouse, originally the Dejma watch tower.) 1 commentsPrefect08/13/13 at 04:05pullu: This is now considered to be the oldest surviving ...
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St. Andrew's Barracks - St Andrew. (NOT)433 viewsActually St Oswald's Chapel & Mtarfa Barracks viewed from the Hospital.2 commentsPrefect08/12/13 at 13:33Prefect: Don't blame me, I only copied the captions! ...
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Porte des Bombes - Floriana430 views(Showing the Bombes on pillars either side.)2 commentsPrefect08/12/13 at 08:54pullu: Photo taken when the tram was still in use. Note...
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St. Andrew's Barracks - St Andrew. (NOT)433 viewsActually St Oswald's Chapel & Mtarfa Barracks viewed from the Hospital.2 commentsPrefect08/12/13 at 08:48pullu: This is NOT St.Andrew's Barracks, but Mtarfa...
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Somerset Wharf 1905506 views4 commentsPrefect07/19/13 at 08:30Prefect: On the right looks like the base of the 160 Ton Cr...
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